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post #1 of 19 Old 03-18-2017, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yo, you know how we all want nifty side cases and gas cans?
I saw a DR650Kawai at the local shop today. He had a conventional side case, think Happy Trail, etc shape, and the right side had what looked like a regular military gas can, mounted.
I got looking at it and the gas cap had a lock on it. Looked again had it had a hinge on the opposite side. Someone is making Jerry Cans with an opening lockable top.
So if you need really different, it's available. i didn't get a chance to ask the owner so I don't know the maker.
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-18-2017, 07:46 PM
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Skidding down the highway on a spark-producing thin metal can full of explosive fluid.

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Interesting. Not sure if I could give up one side case for a Jerry can though.
I'm going to need extra gas on the trip up north in May with my son. He's got a Rotopax 1 gallon and all I have is the 2.5L bottle that goes on the back of my Givi cases. Looking to add a bit more.

I found these links to Can carriers that have a lockable strap. Probably could be bolted on to existing side case racks.

https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.co...an-holder.html

Universal Jerry Can Mount - 5 Gallon

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Check these out from a DR650 forum:

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Skidding down the highway on a spark-producing thin metal can full of explosive fluid.

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I'm not commenting about using such a tank but if sparks are a concern, you can paint it with RhinoShield bed liner. That stuff is amazingly tough. In fact, the industrial side of the company even makes anti-ballistic coatings.

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I'm not commenting about using such a tank but if sparks are a concern, you can paint it with RhinoShield bed liner. That stuff is amazingly tough. In fact, the industrial side of the company even makes anti-ballistic coatings.
Probably have to paint all the other ferrous metal on the bike that could spark too, just to be safe.

Seriously, making a metal can full of gas your likely point of contact in a slide on the bike just seems like, well...call me crazy....a kooky thing to do. Seemed kooky when there was a thread on here about gas cans on the crash bars, and it seems just as kooky when you use one in place of a pannier. It might seem more like a reasonable solution on an off road trip, where the likelihood of sliding a hundred feet or so on asphalt is pretty remote.

Rear mounted fuel cells, tail rack Rotopax, MSR bottles mounted to the rear of the panniers, custom made enlarged fuel tank, they all seem like decent solutions for extra fuel. I totally get why someone would do the pannier thing, and I'd even design a mount for it if someone wanted to try it, but it still seems like an ill-conceived plan.

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The topic of extra fuel on the strom has been discussed on the forum somewhere.
They had a lot of good ideas on how to add extra fuel to other places on the bike.

Gas cans on crash bars

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I saw one on a Jeep. It looked like a gas can but was really a tool box.


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Skidding down the highway on a spark-producing thin metal can full of explosive fluid.

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Don't forget about the 5 gallons between your legs!
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Don't forget about the 5 gallons between your legs!
I didn't, nor do I worry about it. The tank is a lot more protected from impact than a jerrycan hanging off the side of the bike. Even though my S10 has a large tank (I think it's 6.2 gallons), it's protected from contact with the asphalt during a slide by both the crashbars and the handlebars. Even without the add on crashbars, the S10 has bumpers built into the sides of the bike that keep the tank off the ground during a slide.

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